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Faculty and Staff Profile

David Lawrence White

Research Assistant Professor

Office: Sirrine 205

Phone: 864-656-3400


Personal Website:

Educational Background

Ph.D. Marine Science
University of South Carolina 2003

M.S. Marine Biology
College of Charleston 1997

B.S. Biology
University of Oregon 1991

Courses Taught

PRTM 2110: Impacts of Technology & Science in the Context of Play, Recreation & Tourism; F2022, S2023, F2023
PRTM 4350\6350: Introduction to GIS; S2019, S2020, S2021, S2022
INNO 4010, Innovative Technologies: An Introduction to SAS Visual Analytics, S2019
INNO 4990, Creative Inquiry; Ulbrich-Smart Manufacturing, Co-Teaching with Dr. Hudson Smith, F2018, S2019
INNO 4990, Creative Inquiry; Smart Building, Co-Teaching with Tim Howard, F2018, S2019
GEOG 4010, GIS for Humanities; Co-Teaching with Dr. William Terry, F2018
PADM 8420, GIS for Public Administrators; Online, F2017, F2018, F2019, F2020, Summer2023
PRTM 3910\9000, Special Topics: Introduction to GIS, S2017, S2018
PRTM 3910\9000, Special Topics: Introduction to GIS, S2016
PRTM 3910\9000, Special Topics: Introduction to GIS, S2015
FNR 4700, Creative Inquiry/Vanishing Firefly Project, F2013, S2014
SSCS 4960 002, Creative Inquiry/Soil Orders of South Carolina Extension Materials, S2014
SSCS 4970 002, Creative Inquiry Lab/Soil Orders of South Carolina Extension Materials, S2014
PRTM 8040 009, Independent Study, F2013


David White is a Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management research professor at Clemson University. He is a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) expert with over twenty-five years in mapping, analytics, and spatial data collection. His most recent work uses mobility data to study visitation behavior in parks and protected areas. Additionally, his research has included several projects developing enterprise data and information systems requiring spatial data visualization and analytics. He holds a Ph.D. in Marine Science from the University of South Carolina.

Research Publications

Refereed Journal Publications

Hill, I., Park, D. Bridges, W., & White D. L. (2023). Comparison of tristimulus spectrocolorimeter measurements and human visual assessment of South Carolina field moist Munsell soil colors. Agrosystems Geosciences & Environment 6(2), 1-7.

Riungu, G. K., White, D. L., Kanchan. U., & Ukpabi, D. C. (2022). Identifying tourism hot spots and estimating visitors’ travel patterns in protected areas among selected Sub-Saharan countries through Flickr. In Okech, R., Kieti, D., Duim van der, V. R., Tourism, Climate Change, Biodiversity in Sub-Saharan Africa (pp. 213-235). African Studies Center Leiden.

Overby, A.T., Dyckman, C.S., Ogletree, S., Fouch, N., Lauria, M., White, D.L., Baldwin, R.F., Amidon, K. & Crum, D. (2022). Evaluating Conservation Easement and Land Records Data in Rapidly Growing Counties in the United States and the Implications for Environmental Governance. Society & Natural Resources, 35(2), pp.167-184.

Ogletree, S. S., Larson, L. R., Powell, R. B., White, D. L., & Brownlee, M. T. (2022). Urban greenspace linked to lower crime risk across 301 major US cities. Cities, 131, 103949.

Peterson, B.A., Brownlee, M.T., Beeco, J.A., Hallo, J.C., White, D.L. & Joyce, D. (2022) Spatiotemporal analysis to understand overflight travel patterns at HawaiI Volcanoes National Park. Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism, 37, p.100476.

Hill, I., Park, D.M., Bridges, W., & White, D. Comparison of Digital and Human Assessment of South Carolina Soil Colors. Soil Science Society of America Journal, (Accepted on April 2022).

Hill, I., Park, D., Bridges, W., & White, D. (2022). Soil water content and photosynthetically active radiation influences soil color assessment. Geoderma Regional, 31, e00581.

Garst, B. A., Clanton, T., White, D., Dickes, L., Griffin, S., & Gagnon, R. J. (2021) Benchmarking South Carolina Recreation Providers' Role in Addressing Summertime Food Insecurity. Recreation, Parks, and Tourism in Public Health, 5, 5-36.

Peterson, B. A., Brownlee, M. T., Hallo, J. C., Beeco, J. A., White, D. L., Sharp, R. L., & Cribbs, T. W. (2020) Spatiotemporal Variables to Understand Visitor Travel Patterns: A Management-Centric Approach. Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism, 31.

Abagandura, G., Park, D., White, D., & Bridges, W. Modelling Soil Degradation in Libya. (2017) Journal of Natural Sciences Research, 7(24).

Kitheka, B. M., Baldwin, E. D., Baldwin, E. D., White, D.L., White, D. L., & Harding, D. N. (2016). A different “we” in urban sustainability: how the city of Chattanooga, TN, community defined their own sustainability path. International Journal of Tourism Cities, 2(3), 185-205.

Greenfield, D. I., Duquette, A., Goodson, A.M., Keppler, C.J., Williams, S.H., Brock, L.M., DeMattio, K., White, D., & Wilde, S. (2014) The Effects of Three Chemical Algaecides on Mitigating Levels and Toxicity of the Harmful Cyanobacteria Microcystis Aeruginosa and Anabaenopsis sp. Environmental Management, 54(5): 1110-1120.

Hitchcock, D., Jayakaran, A.D., & White, D.L. (2014) Green Infrastructure in Coastal Landscapes: Hydrological Function, Ecological Design, and Sustainable Land Use Guidance. Journal of South Carolina Water Resources, 1(1): 35-39.

Chow A.T., Chong, J.H., Cook, M., & White, D. (2014). Vanishing fireflies: A Citizen-Science Project Promoting Scientific Inquiry and Environmental Stewardship. Science Education & Civil Engagement, 6: 23-31.

Blair, A., Sanger, D., White, D., Holland, A.F., Vandiver, L., and White, S. (2014). Quantifying and Simulating Stormwater Runoff in Watersheds. Hydrological Processes, 28(3): 559-569 DOI: 10.1002/hyp.9616.

Sanger, D., Blair, A., DiDonato, G., Washburn, T., Jones, S., Riekerk, G., Wirth, E., Stewart, J., White, D., Vandiver, L. & Holland, A.F. (2013). Impacts of Coastal Development on the Ecology of Tidal Creek Ecosystems of the US Southeast Including Consequences to Humans. Estuaries and Coasts, 1-18. DOI: 10.1007/s12237-013-9635-y.

White, D.L., Wolf, D., Porter, D.E., Sanger, D., Reikirk, G., Didonato, G., Holland, F., & Dabney, D. (2009). Development of a Data Management Framework in Support of Southeastern Tidal Creek Research. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 150(1-4): 323-331.

White, D.L., Porter, D.E., Lewitus, A.J., & Keesee, J. (2008). Spatial Gradient Analyses of Nutrients and Chlorophyll a Biomass in an Urbanized Lagoonal Estuary: A Comparison Between Wet and Dry Periods. Journal of Coastal Research, 24(3): 649-659.

Wetz, M.S., Hayes, K.C., Lewitus, A.J., Wolny, J.L., & White, D.L. (2006). Variability in
Phytoplankton Pigment Biomass and Taxonomic Composition Over Tidal Cycles in a Salt Marsh Estuary. Marine Ecological Progress Series. 320: 109-120.

Lewitus, A.J., D.L., White, R.G., Tymowski, M.E., Geesey, S.N., Hymel, & Noble, P. (2005). Adapting the CHEMTAX Method for Assessing Phytoplankton Community Composition in Southeastern U.S. Estuaries. Estuaries. 28(1): 160-172.

Kulkarni, N., White, D.L., Lewitus, A.J., Tymowski, R.G., & Yoch, D.C. (2005). Dimethylsulfoniopropionate in a Salt Marsh Estuary: Correlation to Tidal Cycle and Phytoplankton Community Composition. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 289: 13-25.

Porter, D.E., Small, T., White, D., Norman, A., Swain, D., & Friedman, J. (2004). Data Management in Support of Environmental Monitoring and Coastal Management. Journal of Coastal Research, 45: 9-16.

White, D.L., Porter, D.E., & Lewitus, A.J. (2004). Spatial and Temporal Analyses of Water Quality and Phytoplankton Biomass in an Urbanized Versus Pristine Salt Marsh Estuary. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 298: 255-273.

Kelsey, H., Porter, D.E., Scott, G., Neet, M., & White, D. (2004). (2000). Using Geographic Information Systems and Regression Analysis to Evaluate Relationships Between Land Use and Fecal Coliform Bacterial Pollution. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 298: 197-209.

Bushek, D., Keesee, J., Jones, B., White, D., Neet, M., & Porter, D.E. Shellfish Health Management: A System Level Perspective for Perkinsus Marinus. Journal of Shellfish Research, 19(1): 642-644.

White, D., Bushek, D., Edwards, D., & Porter, D. (1998). Spatial and Temporal Distributions of Perkinsus Marinus in Oysters in a Developed and an Undeveloped Estuary in South Carolina. Journal of Shellfish Research, 17(5): 1473-1476.

Jensen, J.R., Coombs, C., Porter, D., Jones, B., & White, D. Extraction of Smooth Cordgrass (Spartina Alterniflora) Biomass and Leaf Area Index Parameters from High Resolution Imagery. Geocarta International, 13(4): 25-34.

Conference Proceedings (Reviewed)

White, D.L., Pargas, R., Chow, A., Chong, J., Cook, M., and Tak, I., “The Vanishing Firefly Project: Engaging Citizen Scientists with a Mobile Technology and Real-Time Reporting Framework,” 5th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Workshop on GeoStreaming (IWGS), Dallas, TX (November 4, 2014).

Taylor, I. Sharp, J.L., White, D.L., Hallstrom, J.O., Eidson, G., von Oehsen, J.B., Duffy, E.B., Privette III, C.V., Cook, C.T., Sampath, A., and Radhakrishnan, G., “Monitoring Sensor Measurement Anomalies of Streaming Environmental Data Using a Local Correlation Score,” Computing for Geospatial Research and Application (COM.Geo), San Jose (July, 2013) DOI: 10.1109/COMGEO.2013.25.

Esswein, S., Goasguen, S., Post, C., Hallstrom, J., White, D., and Eidson, G., “Towards Ontology-based Data Quality Inference in Large-Scale Sensor Networks,” 12th IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Cluster, Cloud and Grid Computing (ccgrid 2012). Ottawa, Canada (May 13-16, 2012)

White, D. L., Sharp, J. L., Eidson, G., Parab, S., Ali, F., and Esswein, S., “Real-Time Quality Control (QC) Processing, Notification, and Visualization Services, Supporting Data Management of The Intelligent River©,” Proceedings of the South Carolina Water Resources Conference, Columbia, SC (October 13-14, 2010).

Blair, A., Sanger, D., Holland, A.F., White, D., Vandiver, L., and White, S., “Stormwater Runoff – Modeling Impacts of Urbanization and Climate Change,” Proceedings of the South Carolina Water Resources Conference, Columbia, SC (October 13-14, 2010).

Hitchcock, D.R., White, D.L., Jayakaran, A.D., Williams, T.M., Giacalone, K., Calabria, J., Sawyer, C.B., and Eidson, G.W., “Green Infrastructure Assessment Tools for Varying Scales in Coastal Couth Carolina,” Proceedings of the South Carolina Water Resources Conference, Columbia, SC (October 13-14, 2010).

Eidson, G.W., Sawyer, C.B., Hitchcock, D.R., Calabria, J., Putman, B., Chanse, V., Post, C.J., Hallstrom, J.O., White, D.L., Esswein, S.T., Bellamy, C., and Shealy, R., “Sand River Headwaters Green Infrastructure Project, City of Aiken, South Carolina: A Collaborative Team Approach to Implementing Green Infrastructure Practices,” Proceedings of the South Carolina Water Resources Conference, Columbia, SC (October 13-14, 2010).

Esswein, S., Hallstrom, J., Post, C. J., White, D., and Eidson, G., “Augmenting Hydrologic Information Systems with Streaming Water Resource Data,” Proceedings of the South Carolina Water Resources Conference, Columbia, SC (October 13-14, 2010).

White, D. L., Esswein, S., Hallstrom, J., Ali, F., Parab, S., Eidson, G., Gemmill, J. and Post, C., “The Intelligent River?: Implementation of Sensor Web Enablement (SWE) Technologies Across Three Tiers of System Architecture Fabric, Middleware, and Application,” Workshop on Sensor Web Enablement 2010 (SWE2010) as part of The 2010 International Symposium on Collaborative Technologies and Systems (CTS 2010), Chicago, Illinois, USA, pp. 340-348. ISBN: 978-1-4244-6619-1, May 17-21, 2010.

Eidson, G.W., Esswein, S.T., Gemmill, J.B., Hallstrom, J.O., Howard, T.R., Post, C.J., Sawyer, C.T., Wang, K.C., and White, D.L., “The South Carolina Digital Watershed: End-to-End Support for Realtime Management of Water Resources,” The 4th International Symposium on Innovations and Real-time Applications of Distributed Sensor Networks, Hangzhou China (May 18-21, 2010).

Blair, A., Sanger, D., DiDonato, G., White, D., and Vandiver, L., “Impact of Urbanization on Stormwater Runoff in Tidal Creek Headwaters,” Proceedings of the 2008 South Carolina Water Resources Conference, Charleston, SC (October 14-15, 2008).

Esswein, S., Post, C., Hallstrom, J., White, D., and Goasguen, S., “Application of Publish/Subscribe Messaging for Management of Streaming Water Resource Data,” Proceedings of the South Carolina Water Resources Conference, Charleston, SC (October 14-15, 2008).

Gemmill, J., Eidson, G.W., Conner, W., Esswein, S., Flite, O., Hallstrom, J., Hayes, J., Hitchcock, D., Howard, T., Klaine, S., Post, C., Privette III, C.V., Sawyer, C., Wang, K.C., and White, D.L., “Cyberinfrastructure for Preservation of Stream and River Ecology,” Proceedings of the South Carolina Water Resources Conference, Charleston, SC (October 14-15, 2008).

Honors and Awards

National Science Foundation Trusted CI Fellow in Cybersecurity, 2023

Environmental Protection Agency EPA P3 Competition, 2014, Honorable Mention, Clemson University Vanishing Firefly Project (CU Creative Inquiry, PI: Chow A.).

The Computerworld Honors Program, 2011 Laureate finalist in Security and Safety category, “Emergency Management: Common Operating Picture Development” presented to Clemson University, (White, D., and Cook, M.) (2011).



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